Paw Paw in Morgan County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington Heritage Trail
Paw Paw. Paw Paw is the westernmost settlement in Morgan County, incorporated as a town on April 8, 1891. A former canal, railroad, orchard and tannery boomtown, Paw Paw is embraced by one of the bends of the Potomac River. Colonial travelers heading west, including George Washington, often forded the river or crossed the gap in the mountain here. In 1928 a bridge replaced the pre-Civil War ferry. Braddock’s French and Indian War army camped south of
Paw Paw Tunnel. Beginning in 1836, the C&O Canal Company took 14 years to carve a 3118-foot tunnel through Sorrell Ridge, eliminating 6 miles of river bends. The Paw Paw Tunnel was dubbed by American promoters as a wonder of the world. At 24 feet high, it is the largest manmade structure on the C&O Canal and is lined with more than 6 million bricks. A mile north of town, the restored towpath is part of the C&O Canal National Park and welcomes cyclists and hikers year ’round.
The Fruit. The town is named for the fruit that grows along the river and ridge. Found throughout the United States, the paw paw is North America’s largest native edible fruit with purplish-brown flowers in April and ripe fruit in September. A natural custard, it was a favorite dessert of George Washington.
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
Location. 39° 32.028′ N, 78° 27.432′ W. Marker is in Paw Paw, West Virginia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of West Virginia Route 9 and Winchester Street, on the right when traveling east on State Route 9. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paw Paw WV 25434, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paw Paw (a few steps from this marker); West Virginia (Morgan County) / Maryland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Breaking Through a Mountain (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland); Morgan County / Hampshire County (approx. 2.6 miles away); Pinoak Fountain (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paw Paw.
Also see . . . www.WashingtonHeritageTrail.org. (Submitted on July 22, 2006.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,423 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 22, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.